Looking for a safe, healing, rejuvenating, uplifting and spirited retreat full of music, yoga, adventure and amazing food? Look no further! Join Ananda for 6 magical days on the islands of aloha.
We'll be staying at the beautiful Whale Spirit Sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is just a half mile from the famed Kealakekua Bay. This bay is world renowned for spectacular snorkeling and regular visits by pods of spinner dolphins.
In regards to covid safety, it feels very safe for several reasons. First, Hawaii requires either proof of vaccination or testing within 72 hours of arrival. Second, the entire retreat center is open air. Third, the rooms are all very spaced out. Fourth, there is plenty of room to social distance if you choose.
The retreat is open to all people and of all levels of yoga and chanting experience. Each participant will practice according to their individual needs guided by Ananda. Loving care, attention and support for your experience will be available.
Your dream winter getaway awaits!
Is this for me?
This retreat will open the door to up close encounters with some of the most loving and beautiful creatures on Earth such as spinner dolphins, giant sea turtles and an array of colorful fish. Regardless of your swimming abilities, we will do our best to guide you with up close encounters with these magical sea creatures.
*There may be the option to take a whale boat out to have close encounters with the humpback whales. Hawaii boasts the largest congregation of humpbacks at any given time. They come to give birth, mate and enjoy the warm waters. They put on quite the show and sonically are incredible.
Chanting & Heart Songs
This retreat will deepen your love and practice of singing, chanting mantra, and bhakti (devotion) in a majestic and elevating environment. We will also explore singing techniques, mantra pronunciation, deity mythology and relevance in a modern context. We will explore singing and chanting as a pathway to healing, upliftment and connection.
Ananda will be sharing a style of yoga that is called Sattva Yoga. This style of yoga is similar to Kundalini Yoga as taught by KRI but with more freedom and flow to it. It is an integrative approach that includes asana (postures), kriyas (dynamic movements designed for clearing and elevating energy), pranyama (breathing practices), dhyana (meditation), chanting and much more.
*Check out some examples of my yoga classes, workshops and music: Click Here.
We will rejuvenate, relax, and explore yoga as a practice of embodying spirit in a heart opening and devotional way. Through daily yoga and chanting you will refine your perspective of these practices and yourself.
Ananda will lead a cacao ceremony using ceremonial cacao from Guatemala. His ceremonies are a beautiful way to open the heart, connect to the divine mother, honor your spirit animal/s (aumakua) and celebrate life.
What to expect?
-Snorkeling in stunning coral reefs with colorful fishes, giant sea turtles and possibly spinner dolphins
-Evening chant and heart song circles
-Daily Sattva Kundalini Yoga (All Levels)
-Comfortable and beautiful rooms and retreat center
-Natural and Chemical Free Retreat Center
-Gourmet Organic Vegetarian/Vegan Meals
Check out this video of this same retreat: https://youtu.be/MZ5c-Ya25Tk
Whale Spirit Sanctuary
WhaleSpirit Sanctuary is a magical, nurturing and inspirational place to experience the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii. It is a balinese style, uniquely charming, sacred-retreat destination designed for comfort and relaxation. The sanctuary is at 350 feet elevation and has breathtaking views of Kealakekua Bay. It is located within minutes of some of the island’s best waters to swim and see whales, dolphins, turtles and other amazing marine life. This eco-friendly sanctuary is natural, chemical free with beautiful gardens.
*Check out these stunning pics of the center. Click Here.
*Please look over the welcome guide as it will answer many of your questions.
*Check in is 4pm on Feb. 18th and check out is 10am on Feb. 23rd.
-7am-9am: Yoga led by Ananda Yogiji
-10am-1pm: Free time/Ocean Activities
-2pm-4pm: Free Time
-4pm-6pm: Afternoon activities (cacao ceremony, Chanting workshop, yoga, or meditation)
-8pm-9pm: Evening Chant & Song Circle
You'll most likely want to fly into Kailua/Kona airport. Please be aware that the retreat does not include transportation to and from airport to the retreat center. You can either rent a car for that time (recommended) or taxi/Uber/Lyft. The retreat center is an hour south of the Kona airport. If you would prefer not to drive, we can try and link you up with another person coming and see if they would be willing to share a rental car. Let us know asap.
We recommend you buy snorkel equipment and bring it to Hawaii. It's about the same price as if you were going to rent it and probably better quality. We recommend brands Cressi or US Divers. But here are are some options on Amazon.
About Ananda Yogiji:
Music: Ananda Yogiji is an internationally loved musician, song composer and mantra enthusiast. His musical offerings complement his yogic practices with a deep devotional spirit. His music channels a powerful blend of modern and ancient soundscapes that touches the heart. Infused with mantras in Sanskrit and Gurbani, his music offers blissful energy currents woven into lyrical heart songs. He is a self taught singer, guitarist, harmonium player and bansuri flautist. His latest release is the album "Flow Like the River".
He is well known for being in the duo Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. Together they released over 14 albums and toured since 2011. They now are exploring more of their solo careers.
Yoga: Ananda Yogiji has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by the Kundalini Research Institute since 2006. In April 2020, he also completed a 300hr teacher training in the Himalayan Yoga tradition known as Sattva Yoga. In May of 2020, he also completed an 18 day, 60 hour course on the Bhagavad Gita. Both the 300hr and Gita courses we taught by Anand Mehrotra, a himalayan yogic master.
While touring, Ananda regularly taught at festivals such as Bhakti/Shakti Fest and Beloved, as well as taught at Wanderlust, Hanuman Fest (CO), and Bali Spirit Fest. He and Jaya Lakshmi also led retreats at Esalen Institute, Sivananda Ashram Bahamas, and Breitenbush.
Cacao Ceremony: While traveling in Guatemala in 2009, Ananda had a profound experience with the spirit of cacao. He went on to connect with a cacao shaman in Lake Atitlan who shared with him his way of holding cacao ceremonies and to how to connect with the spirit of cacao. Upon Ananda's return to the states, he began to share cacao ceremonies with ceremonial cacao from Guatemala.
Since 2009, he has led over 100 ceremonies, developed his own unique ceremony format and led a cacao ceremony workshop at the Esalen Institute with Jaya Lakshmi.
We strongly recommend our guests to purchase Travel Health Insurance. We will ensure your stay is peaceful, safe, and lovingly guided, however it is wise that should you need immediate attention you have insurance for your own personal well being.
Registration: Please note that the deposit reserves the room and is non-refundable. You can receive a refund if the room is reserved by another person.
A standard room is one of the Garden Rooms in the main building. They have a shared bath and partial ocean view. Bathrooms will be share with the most 4 people, but most likely 2 or 3. Select this package if you want to split a room with a friend or relative. Please note there is a queen size bed and a twin in each room. $1800 per person. To see pictures, click here.
A Deluxe Room is either the Turtle or Dolphin Suite or one of the temple rooms. They have a private bathroom and views. The Dragon Fly room has 2 queen size beds. The Dolphin and Turtle rooms have a queen and a twin bed. All the rest of the cottages have only one queen size bed.
Select this package if you want to split a room with a friend or relative. There will be two separate beds in the room and a private bathroom. $2000 per person.
To see pictures, click here.